Well, had a nice drive round over by Harworth, thenover the SnakePass and down through the Peak. As soon as I have crossed the Snake Pass and gon onto the rolling hilss of the White Peak I feel I'm hame. Derbyshire is a midland county, and once I have gone through Longnor and crossed the River Dove I'm in Staffordshire, which is a county that is only a spit from me here now !
So got up this morning, did'nt really feel like cycling, went down to Little Witley, had a ride round to warm up. Then off we went. The course was gently rolling with an uphill up Woodbury. But the course was changed because of roadworks. So a new course; Gt. Witley, down to Stanford Bridge,along a rolling road with some uphill bits,up a longish hill to Martley, up and down back to Witley. 3 laps,36 miles. Not very far, but the hills ! Felt all achy and uncomfortable the first time over Gt. Witley, a break went and I could'nt chase them. We plodded along, after a couple of times up hills, we shrank to about 12, then at the start of the last lap we were down to 8. As the finish approached I and others tried a couple of attacks,I did get a lead but got pulled back. The finish was up a hill, I rode hard and I tought I shook 'em off, but with 50 m to go a couple came past me and I could'nt raise the pace. Got 4th in the B category race and 10th overall. Not bad. Now instead of going to bed early I am guzzling beer.
Well I do have a 160 miles stage race to look forward to next week. On my current form I should get something. Just so long I keep of booze and crisps and late nights next week.
Put Top of the Pops on Friday evening, Pulp were on, and Oasis were at no. 1 with Hindu Times. Excellent !